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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is the first step in the process of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.). Becoming a P.E. is a normal requirement for having a career in a number of industries, especially the power industry/utilities. Although you can take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after graduating, it is easier to take it while in school as it tests your knowledge of undergraduate material. Ideally, Clemson ECE students should take the exam during their final semester of classes.

Registration and Locations

To register for the FE exam, visit the NCEES website. The closest approved test center location to Clemson University is in Greenville, SC. For a list of all locations, please view the NCEES location centers page.

For more information

Visit the CECAS FE Exam page for additional information.


The FE Exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) throughout the year at approved testing centers. It is a computer-based exam with supplied reference information consisting of a morning session and an afternoon session. The examination is discipline-specific. NCEES policy allows an examinee to take the FE exam no more than three times during a twelve-month period.

Why should you take the FE Exam?

  • Right to publicly represent yourself as an engineer
  • Opportunity to work as a consultant
  • Recognition that you have the necessary academic and professional experience to practice in the engineering profession
  • Once registered by the exam, you can usually obtain, by reciprocity, the right to practice in other states
  • Added value to you in the job market

Who can take the FE exam?

The following individuals are eligible to take the FE Examination:

  • An undergraduate student who is within two full-time semesters (not including summer sessions) of graduating from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
  • A graduate student enrolled in a Master's or Ph.D. engineering program may take the FE exam. 

What is on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Discipline FE Exam?

Information about exam content can be found on the NCEES Engineering FE site. Click on the link for the Electrical and Computer Engineering exam.